Sam's Town Point
"...South by Southwest is a cultural behemoth that refuses to stop growing, taking over more of Austin, extending its tendrils to new subjects like fashion and education. Soon, the borders of Austin will not be enough to contain it, as the megafestival turns its colonizing eye toward our nation’s capital...."
"...For some, South by Southwest is almost a religious experience. And for others, it actually will be..."
"...From star-studded world premieres to scrappy microindies, the 21st edition of the South by Southwest Film Festival screens more than 100 feature films and scores of short films over the course of nine days. See our special SXSW Film preview supplement in this issue for interviews with participating filmmakers, and look for more interviews, reviews, red-carpet photos, and tips for attending (Tip No..."
"...South by Southwest Film Festival announced today a half-dozen premieres that will make their way to the annual March event...."
"...From star-studded world premieres to scrappy micro-indies, the South by Southwest Film Festival shows it all over the course of nine days, March 13-21. See our special SXSW Film and Interactive supplement in this issue for film previews, interviews with participating filmmakers, and other event highlights..."
"...The 2012 edition of the South by Southwest Film Festival runs through Saturday. Continuing in this issue is more coverage of more films, beginning on p..."
"...South by Southwest Film passes are now on sale for $65 at Waterloo Video. The passes are good for space-available admission to the more than 230 features and shorts screening throughout the festival (which opens on Friday, March 10) at the Austin Convention Center, the Paramount, the Downtown and South Lamar Alamo Drafthouses, the Dobie, the Arbor, and the Hideout..."
"...Journalist, blogger, promoter, radio host, and all-around hustler Matt Sonzala was reppin' the Houston hip-hop scene way before anyone outside the 281 area code knew the names Paul Wall and Mike Jones. Sonzala has been booking hip-hop artists for South by Southwest for several years but was recently hired on full-time..."
"...Welcome to the second annual edition of South by So Real, where we rap with South by Southwest booker and hustler extraordinaire Matt Sonzala about all things hip-hop. If an MC is performing at the festival, Sonzala made it happen..."
"...Keith Bradley won the Fusion 12home brewers contest held by Lagunitas last year. “I got a free trip to Petaluma,” Keith said, and now, a precious few barrels of his beer is flowing during South by Southwest..."
"...If you're anywhere in vicinity of the South by Southwest events popping off, you're altogether aware that Downtown is an unqualified clusterfuck. The city has released a list of street closures for those of y'all heading into the belly of the beast, posted below...."
"...This year's South by Southwest Film and Interactive events have been enormously successful. This issue goes to press on Tuesday, a day earlier than usual..."
"...Again and again and again and again during South by Southwest 08, I would pause as incredible amounts of enthusiasm, excitement, passion, and intelligence flowed all around to think about the shallow, misguided, and sad nature of many of the blogs and online posts attacking the event. Even sadder is the amount of time and energy I've invested over the past two years, treating them as reasonable by trying to address issues they raised..."
"...In SlamNation (showing in SXSW Film), Phil West, Danny Solis, Wammo, and Hilary Thomas are the Austin Poetry Slam Team. In past years, the South by Southwest spoken word showcase has been a red-letter day for Austin spoken word..."
"...Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates returns to the Scoot Inn Wednesday, four months after his second South by Southwest showcase and with a new mixtape, March’s By Any Means. The 55-minute collection blends the rawness of a streetwise rapper with the dexterity of one who earned a master's in psychology during his four months in prison...."
"...The location is too good," Rypka said. Rypka says they hope to have the SoCo Torchy's up and running in time for South by Southwest 2015...."
"...For me, South by Southwest neither ended that Sunday at the Shins’ Austin City Limits taping, nor a week later when South Korean showcasers Galaxy Express cut loose MC5’s “Kick Out the Jams” at Mohawk. If anything, my SXSW continues, its longtail published here all spring..."
"...Next Wednesday, Mar. 14, he’s playing something from his new LP Hell in a Handbasket on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno, but seeing the Band’s Robbie Robertson and later maestro Quincy Jones deliver South by Southwest keynote speeches rather than playing didn’t lesson those experiences one iota...."
"...By 16, he was skipping classes to intern at ASC Summit Burnett studios, and sitting in on sessions with Matt Pence at the Echo Lab in Denton. He enrolled in Texas State's renowned School of Music, which offers the only Sound Recording Technology degree in the Southwest...."
"...Can South by Southwest save the planet? On June 27, SXSW Conferences and Festivals announced the latest addition to its portfolio: SXSW Eco, a three-day conference concentrating on sustainability through technology, education, and research. The conference, scheduled for Oct..."
"...If he had a few hours to spare, between the arrival of the big gray dog on the other side of the Rio Grande, and doing the paperwork for an extended stay in los estados unidos mexicanos, he would leave the train tracks, which can be followed from the bridge to the station, and enter the residential neighborhoods just south of the river. His direction was roughly south by southwest..."
"...In case you didn't bear witness to Vincent's multiple appearances at local honky-tonk the White Horse last year or catch him at South by Southwest in March, don't expect death growls and leather gauntlets. He'll be singing evil country songs alongside Austin rockabilly guitar slinger and Lemmy collaborator Danny B..."
"...2012 chugged past the halfway mark this week, but locally, midpoint album lists remain a joke wholly because almost no one's heard even a fraction of the recordings avalanching daily since March. This week and next, then, the Chronicle empties its music cupboards, accumulating CDs since well before South by Southwest..."
"...The tale begins during last year's South By Southwest conference when Dan Goodman, a Nashville-based artist manager who works with Trevino and David Ball, along with Paula Batson, Vice President of Public Relations for N2K, an online music entertainment company, held a private event on the patio of Congress Avenue Mexican food eatery and SXSW place to be seen, Las Manitas. It was a songwriters-in-the-round affair that featured Trevino, Ely, Doug Sahm, Augie Meyers, and Rosie Flores swapping songs and stories..."
"...Jocelyn Glatzer During South by Southwest 2003, we said this of Glazter's Documentary First Film Audience Award winner: "Arn Chorn-Pond ... shouldn't be here ....."
"...While South by Southwest many be over, the leaf reading on this year's festival ain't. On the Totescast this week, Richard Whittaker and Wells Dunbar tackle the SXSW aftermath, more Open Meetings silliness at City Hall, the latest on the spring City Council races, and more...."
"...In preview of South by Southwest, the Sunday New York Times handicapped vinyl at a handful of Austin record stores. End of an Ear was featured, and their SXSW day lineup is excellent as usual..."
"...Dallas record producer David Prater, 46, says he had never been in trouble with the law before March 1997. While he was visiting Austin that month for the South by Southwest music festival, Prater was popped for a minor drug possession charge..."
"...Thanks to this thick first-half of our twice-annual rock & roll book roundup, I've got another title under my belt. In January, I rifled through 500 pages of Pete Townshend's autobiography on the Texas Riviera and, just prior to South by Southwest, swallowed whole a work of fiction by Lone Star hero Michael Nesmith..."
"...At South by Southwest 2012, Music keynote Bruce Springsteen spoke for 50 minutes, less than half as long as Quincy Jones' epic address three years earlier, but twice as rousing. Funny, insightful, and historic, it struck a literal "keynote" for "five days of bands [playing] hundreds of venues from morning 'til night." Missing his Moody siege that night smarts one scintilla less, because while his every live performance over 40 years makes up Springsteen's prodigious legend, his oration remains an altogether rarer resource..."
"...Dear Editor, I've only now gotten around to reading some missed “Page Two”s and am amazed by the suggestion that SXSW sucks because Louis Black sucks. I have never attended South by Southwest, but I know Louis..."
"...However, Her Grandma-ness didn't show, sending a campaign spokesman in her stead, according to media reports. (Sadly, with South by Southwest in the heezy, the Hustle was unable to attend – he was off with seemingly every local TV news dude in town learning about this newfangled thing called "Twitter." It's on the Internet; check it out.)..."
"...I can only assume the reason why, and that would characterize critic and editor as mainstream, shallow, and spiteful. Not that this relates, but I'll be boycotting South by Southwest again this year, said event being attended by those who wanna be cool...."
"...During South by Southwest 2011, thrash bluegrass quintet Trampled by Turtles showcased in a shot bar on Sixth Street in front of about 40 people. A little more than a year later, they've performed before a nationwide audience on Late Show with David Letterman..."
"...Nakia is not the only performer to have experienced a sudden change of heart from the chamber. After her South by Southwest performances, singer and actress Sandra Bernhard was looking for more shows in Austin and approached Austin Pride..."
"...So much so that the two are developing new versions of Kidnapped in Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Austin. "When we decided to do the show in Austin, we used postings from the Austin Craigslist site," says Goan, "so the script was completely revamped." That's why, in the ATX version, co-produced with Shrewd Productions and opening this week at the Blue Theater, you'll find references to vegans, Round Rock Donuts, UT parking stickers, and South by Southwest passes...."
"...AILA has held their national conference in Grapevine, Texas, since 2010 – a gathering that rakes in $3-5 million for the local economy. Now, the event is being relocated out of state and the group is eating a "substantial cancellation fee," because the board couldn't ask its members or their families to attend a conference in a state that upholds a law that is "unfair and unjust." Locally, Roland Swenson, co-founder of South by Southwest, which injected $325.3 million into the local economy last year, is "gravely concerned" that participation from U.S..."
"...Though the complete production won't make it to town until sometime next year, Austin has already been lucky in that the show was previewed as a work in progress at Las Manitas during South by Southwest 1999. Escovedo is not likely to beat Ben Folds to Broadway, but additional shows are slated for New York, San Antonio, Seattle (part of this year's Bumbershoot festival), and Chicago tentatively before more dates in L.A..."
"...Patrick's Day -- with just about everything centering on the thriving Warehouse District. Dining decisions now involve choices like Thai and Southwestern specialties instead of which steakhouse, cafe, or Tex-Mex dive to hit...."
"...Gege Cordeiro, manager of local furniture store, Your Living Room (YLR) regarding the location of the 4th Annual Batfest on the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. YLR is located at 220 South Congress on the southwest corner of the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, at the tip of the Batfest...."
"...Quoted in the article as the head cheerleader among a squad of developers rooting for US290 was FM Properties Chief Operating Officer James J. Collins, who crowed that rapid access to downtown and Bergstrom made possible by the freeway would fuel growth in the southwest..."
"...Led by young dance groups, an indigenous blessing, and official golden shovels, the latest major project by Southwest Key broke ground Saturday at the service nonprofit's national headquarters on Jain Lane. The occasion was the official first dirt-turning for the organization's "Social Enterprise Complex," expanding its East Austin campus to provide room for its already operating small businesses and to house a technology lab as well as job coaching and training classrooms..."
"...A former teacher in Washington state, now a Realtor, Theresa Bastian describes herself as "super passionate about public education." Meanwhile, Yasmin Wagner, a creative director at computing firm AMD, said, "I want to see a change in our schools, and as a resident of Southwest Austin, I feel that we've gone too long without a change."..."